West Germany: The Grand Coalition

After five weeks of political crisis, the leaders of West Germany's two major parties decided last week to form a grand coalition for the first time in the republic's 17-year history. Into the klieg lights of waiting TV cameras in Bonn's Bundeshaus stepped the Christian Democrats' candidate for Chancellor, silver-haired Kurt Georg Kiesinger, 62. "We had an eight-hour discussion of all essential questions, which led to a convergence of views," said Kiesinger. Beside him, nodding approval and sealing the agreement with a handshake, stood Willy Brandt, 52, West Berlin's mayor and the leader of the Social Democrats. Barring a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!